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For Immediate Release
Regional Consolidated Bomb Squad to purchase bomb suit ensemble with Justice Assistance Grant
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office announces that the Washoe County Board of County Commissioners accepted a Justice Assistance Grant award. This project is entitled “Consolidated Bomb Squad – Bomb Suit” and is administered through the State of Nevada Office of Criminal Justice Assistance, in the amount of $39,745 to purchase a bomb suit for the Regional Consolidated Bomb Squad.
“We are incredibly grateful for this grant funding, which will help keep our deputies safe when responding to bomb calls.” Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam said. “Our top priority is to ensure the safety of both our deputies and the communities we serve. This grant will allow us to acquire a new bomb suit and equipment that are essential for responding to these dangerous situations.”
The bomb suit is the highest level of personnel protective equipment available to a bomb technician while investigating and completing render safe operations on a suspected or actual improvised explosive device.
The Consolidated Bomb Squad responds to approximately 50 call outs a year for explosives or improvised explosive devices.
The Consolidated Bomb Squad is comprised of members from Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, Reno Police Department and Sparks Police Department and services Washoe and surrounding counties including parts of California.
The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to preserving a safe and secure community with professionalism, respect, integrity and the highest commitment to equality. Sheriff Darin Balaam is the 27th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County since the Office was created in 1861. The Washoe County Sheriff's Office strives to ensure public safety by building trust and creating partnerships within the diverse communities in which we serve. We will promote the dignity of all people supported by our words and actions through open communication while fostering an environment of professionalism, integrity and mutual respect.